COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) are proud announce the 2015 Columbus Composition Fellowship recipient: local composer Michael Rene Torres for his work I am the Autumnal Sun for chorus, oboe and piano.
The piece is set to the text from Henry David Thoreau’s poem by the same name, Torres said that this poem “metaphorically describes the emotion and physical changes of man in the transition between autumn and winter.”
As part of the 2015 Columbus Composition Fellowship, Torres’ piece will be performed by CGMC and premiered at the CGMC’s holiday concert Joy! Deck the Halls Dec. 11-13.
The 2015 Choral Composition Fellowship was a joint venture between the Arts Council and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus to spotlight composers from the Franklin County area. The fellowship program was an adjudicated process, lead by CGMC Artistic Director, Timothy Sarsany, Ph.D., after which the recipient of the fellowship was awarded.
Formed in 1990, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus maintains the vision of its founding members to foster increased recognition, understanding, and acceptance of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender persons. CGMC is a non-auditioned chorus open to all people regardless of vocal talent, musical abilities, race, gender, religion, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation or economic means. The members of CGMC are equally dedicated to performing vocal music of the highest quality for its audiences and to maintaining an atmosphere of camaraderie, support and respect for its diverse members. During each performance and public appearance, they seek to live their vision of “Voices Raised, Lives Changed.”
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org
CONTACT: Jami Goldstein